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Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Solstice... grand and elegant cruising!

Celebrity Solstice Cruise Review by RiverEagle

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: Australia & New Zealand
  • Cabin Type: Sky Suite 2

In summary I'd highly recommend Celebrity Solstice.

We were fortunate enough to sail in the Sky Class Suite. (To date we have done a balcony stateroom, Concierge Class & Royal Suite so we have good points of reference).

Having come off Millennium in September 20 (see earlier review) we were questioning Celebrity's commitment to maintaining and enhancing it's reputation (as opposed to living off it).. we can honestly say that the commitment to excellence was very present on Solstice.

Embarkation curb to ship was in under 10 minutes…an absolute breeze and the suite experience was very well represented by the inter-cruise personnel too.

Dining in Luminae was absolutely magnificent... Sam the Maître d' was very passionate about guest experience and his general ship and fleet knowledge was an added bonus.

Our waiter Jules was a super star... we loved being 'welcomed home' by him upon our arrival and he executed accordingly.

Ocean View Cafe had good food selection and tables were pretty easy to come by.

We did have a disappointing experience in Sushi on 5 one lunch... I'm not sure this is really a specialty restaurant in terms of service and/or food. Be aware that if you go here for lunch on a port day you chances of utilising your premium drinks package becomes frustrating as this restaurant can't access the wine selection... and the time it takes for them to source the drinks leaves you with 30+ minute wait times for drinks. Our waitress was quite disengaged and weakened the experience.

The ship is getting on in age and is due for it's 2021 'revolutionize dry dock'...BUT... this majestic vessel is grand, clean and in beautiful condition. The ship is so well maintained that just strolling around it makes one feel graceful. The layout of the Solstice class ships is true to grand and nostalgic cruising... the public spaces really allows guests to connect and interface with the ocean... something getting lost on some of the newer vessels.

We must compliment the executive / officer personnel onboard. They were ever present and mingling with guests across all decks, classes and events. The energetic and positive attitude of Captain Nikolaos Frantzis (with his great sense of humour) certainly cascaded through his entire crew... cultures this good are not easy to build and maintain.

Our cabin (2150) was really enjoyable, wonderfully complimented by Orlando our Butler, and impeccably serviced by our stateroom attendant. We did note on cruise critic prior to booking, mixed reviews around noise from the floor above in Ocean View Cafe. If you are considering this cabin here's the specifics...

- The (occasional) noise comes from tables and chairs being dragged around in Ocean view on Deck 14.

- If you go to bed before 9:30pm or sleep in after 7:30am and are a light sleeper this cabin's not for you.

- If you go to bed later and rise fairly early you'll not be bothered by the occasional noise,

Personally I didn't find any of the noise that bad, and I think some of the reviews around this are over dramatic.

In summary this was a close to 10 out of 10 as a cruise can get for us... well done Solstice... we look forward to our next visit!

Some food for thought / improvement:

- Setting up wrist band stations for kids at the entrance to the ship was a poor idea…it created congestion as families clustered around the tables, and really robbed from what is normally a grand entrance onto a Celebrity vessel... first time we've seen this and think it is a poor idea.

- I really think the wine experience onboard has lost its authenticity... selections on the Premium package are questionable and sommeliers are ‘theoretically’ adept, but I’m not sure they are wine lovers.

- Michael's club needs some form of kids control... I don't think it is the appropriate place to let kids loose. (We do cruise with kids... mainly on Royal Caribbean, but in some public places better discretion needs to be exercised by some parents).

Hope you find this review helpful in finalising your cruise choice!


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Sky Suite 2

Our cabin (2150) was really enjoyable, wonderfully complimented by Orlando our Butler, and impeccably serviced by our stateroom attendant. We did note on cruise critic prior to booking, mixed reviews around noise from the floor above in Ocean View Cafe. If you are considering this cabin here's the specifics...

- The (occasional) noise comes from tables and chairs being dragged around in Ocean view on Deck 14.

- If you go to bed before 9:30pm or sleep in after 7:30am and are a light sleeper this cabin's not for you.

- If you go to bed later and rise fairly early you'll not be bothered by the occasional noise,

Personally I didn't find any of the noise that bad, and I think some of the reviews around this are over dramatic.


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